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The RNC Forgets to Pick Up the Florida Delegation


First, they were sent to a hotel an hour's drive away from the convention.

And then, they were forgotten.

At least that's how the Florida Delegation feels after the buses failed to show to pick them up earlier today.

Delegates said it took almost three hours for the last of three buses to finally arrive around 2:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, they sweated in 90-degree heat in a tent outside the Innisbrook Resort. They didn't go inside because they thought the bus might arrive at any moment.

"Well, that sucks," said Hillsborough County GOP chair Art Wood, according to the Tampa Bay Times. "I guess it won't be the first glitch."

Sarasota GOP chairman Joe Gruters said it was part of a larger pattern. The Florida delegation was sent to Innisbrook and its delegation cut in half by the party because Florida held its primary too early.

Gruters said Florida is already being punished and placed in purgatory, so why not have the buses show up late as well.

"I wish we were closer to downtown," Gruters said.

Scott Finn is a former news director at WUSF Public Media, which provides in-depth reporting for Tampa Bay and all of Florida.
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